Centro Mater Foundation Presents Urban MATERs to Support Kids in NeedPosted on: November 14th, 2014 by SoFlaNights.com
Aiming to starkly contrast the traditional galas abundantly offered in South Florida’s philanthropic sector, one local organization engaged the community members in the art season with a casual and interactive, cultural celebration of the same. The Centro Mater Foundation presented Urban MATERs, an “anti-gala,” as an evening of urban art, music and entertainment in one of the Wynwood Arts District’s most unique venues. The Centro Mater Foundation is a well-respected South Florida institution that supports the efforts of Centro Mater Child Care Services Inc., a non-profit organization that provides quality care and education to economically disadvantaged youths. Its board members, along with members of its young professionals group, Future Matters, will host the event.
The exciting evening raised funds to support Centro Mater’s award-winning services by connecting event guests with their art and music-filled surroundings, as well as with each other. Guests were encouraged to kindly leave behind the tuxedos and stilettos typically associated with galas, and come as they are, prepared to interact with an imaginative environment. Designed as an urban art fair, the unique evening offered revelers tastes from some of the city’s best food trucks—including Italian, gourmet grilled cheese, taco, and American fusion options by Food Truck Invasion—a macaroon cart by Atelier Monnier, a gelato cart, beverages courtesy of Coastal Wine and Spirits, craft beer by Panagra, a DJ, and live acoustics. Artistic expressions included live art displays, silent art auctions, photo stations, henna applications, performance art, and opportunities for guests to create their own masterpieces.
Highlighting the evening’s art theme, local pop artist “GG,” the event’s featured artist, offered an exhibition and demonstrate art pieces live. Additionally, Urban MATERs included a Britto Pop-Up Shop, allowing attendees to peruse and purchase memorabilia by famed artist Romero Britto. The funds raised through the Urban MATERs will largely help the Centro Mater Foundation to support its noted summer program, which annually serves 800 at-risk children. In addition to its summer initiative, the foundation’s focuses include broadening Centro Mater Child Care Services’ scope of influence; improving its education and care services; and maintaining, enhancing and acquiring physical structures.
Photos by: Julie Pauline